The objective of this Opportunity is to shortlist the submissions that best answer the brief, with the aim of attending a presentation day with the EIC Industry Partners, where it can be discussed in greater detail with a technical panel.
What is the Problem?
Regulations stipulate that UK Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) install safety signage on supports such as wooden poles carrying high voltage conductors or low voltage supports carrying uncovered phase conductors. Specifically, industry guidance states that these signs should be placed at a height where they cannot be easily vandalised and ideally above anti-climbing devices. Over time the safety signs can become damaged, dirty, or faded due to UV degradation and require replacement.
The current practice to install replacement signs results in both wasted resource and additional costs for the DNO.
An ideal solution to this problem would be a way to install and remove standard DNO issue safety signs during the first site visit. This needs to be done safely and efficiently on heights ranging from 2.75m to 8m above ground level. This could be achieved by utilising a specialised tool that is designed to work in conjunction with standard insulated rods, which can be operated from the ground. Alternative methods can also be considered.
The EIC welcomes submissions from individual companies or companies working in collaboration with each other.